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Praying the Bible – Praying with Paul

posted by Tony Jones

Paul’s pivotal life experience is referred to as the Calling of Paul or the Damascus Road Experience–the day Jesus confronted Paul. Luke recorded the original incident in Acts 9: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?” [Paul] said, […]

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Praying the Bible – Praying with the Disciples

posted by Tony Jones

The next prayer we’ll investigate is straightforward enough, but the action the apostles took seems curious to us. Shortly after Jesus “was taken up and disappeared in a cloud” (Acts 1:9, technically called the Ascension), and some time before Pentecost, […]

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Breaking News! Boy with Cancer Gets Chemo!

posted by Tony Jones

Probably the biggest religion story of the past couple weeks has been the saga of Daniel Hauser, the 13-year-old boy from northern Minnesota who is dying of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Yes, he’s dying, unless he gets chemo. With chemo, there’s a […]

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Praying the Bible – Praying with Jesus

posted by Tony Jones

I can hardly imagine a person praying during his torture and execution. I find it even more difficult to imagine that person praying for his executors. But Jesus was no ordinary person. He loved people to the end, and he […]

Unexpurgating the Lectionary (Bringing Judas Back)

posted by Tony Jones

In The New Christians, I wrote a section chastising liberals for censoring the Bible in the Revised Common Lectionary. Although liberals often criticize conservatives for cherrypicking Bible verses, liberals do just the same thing when they leave verses out of […]

Praying the Bible – Praying with Solomon

posted by Tony Jones

Near the beginning of Solomon’s reign, he does what we hope any ruler would do. In 1 Kings 3, he asks God for wisdom. After Solomon marries his queen, he travels to Gibeon to worship at the shrine (before the […]

Praying the Bible – Praying with Deborah

posted by Tony Jones

Some years after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and after Joshua took them into the land that God had promised Abram, Israel was led by a series of judges. Moses picked the first judges, people who […]

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Praying the Bible – A Working Definition

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, I ran some excerpts of a book I’ve written on the ancient practice of lectio divina. This week, I’ll be posting excerpts from another book called Ask Seek Knock, in which I wrote about how we can use […]

Praying the Bible – The Contemplation of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating Writing about contemplation is strange. It’s weird because the fourth step of lectio divina is so unlike our everyday activities. The first three steps of […]

Should Christian Leaders Be Outed?

posted by Tony Jones

Do you think that Christian leaders who publicly support same sex marriage, gay rights, etc., should be pushed out of the closet? Last fall, I publicly affirmed gay marriage as a Christian and biblically virtuous lifestyle. Of course, not all […]

Praying the Bible – The Wrestling of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating In the movie The Apostle, Robert Duvall plays Sonny, a preacher-evangelist who has made a few mistakes in his life, one of them a big […]

Praying the Bible – The Meditation of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the BibleIntro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating Depending on what version of the Bible you use, the word meditate appears about fifteen times in the Old Testament. (It’s not used at all in […]

Praying the Bible – The Reading of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating One of the best meals I’ve ever had was in an upscale restaurant, Daniel’s Bistro, in New York City. My entrée was called the DB […]

Praying the Bible – The Ladder of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating Though dates differ, Guigo II lived from about 1115 to 1198. His official title was the Ninth Prior of the Grand Chartreuse of Carthusians. That’s […]

Stanley Fish Is Right about Faith, Again

posted by Tony Jones

Recently, Stanley Fish wrote about the problems with the way the liberal intelligentsia thinks about religion vs. science — or reason vs. faith. He was, of course, slaughtered in the comment section of his NYTimes blog by, um, the liberal […]

Praying the Bible – The Bible Is (Still) Alive

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating For the last couple weeks, I’ve written some ecclesial and theological provocations. For the next couple weeks I’m going to focus on spirituality — namely, […]

Why Christianity21?

posted by Tony Jones

Next fall, Doug and I are hosting a learning party in the Twin Cities for people who love Christ, love Christianity, and are interested in the future. The two of us have been given the microphone a lot in the […]

Is There Ordination in the Didache?

posted by Tony Jones

I’m going to close out this week’s topic by looking back to the history of the church — the very early church — to gain a bit more perspective on ordination. I’m currently writing a little book reflecting on the […]

Ordination: Housekeeping

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve faithfully read your comments, and John’s post, and here are my rejoinders-by-bullet-point: Ontological Shibboleth: I’ve been accused of creating a straw man in suggesting that denominational ordination tends to grant ontological superiority to those in the clergy caste. I […]

My (Anti-) Ordination Sermon

posted by Tony Jones

In light of the recent ordination discussion here, I’m reposting an ordination sermon that I preached for a friend in 2005. Looking forward to your comments. Last weekend, I preached at the ordination service of a friend. I thought it […]

Reconsider Ordination. Now. (Continued)

posted by Tony Jones

John, Here’s the continuation of my response to your blog post and my petition asking Adam to consider withdrawing from the ordination process in the PC(USA). 5) You write, What historians know but Tony doesn’t seem to understand is that […]

Reconsider Ordination. Now.

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve got a bunch of people upset at me for encouraging my friend, Adam Walker-Cleaveland, to forsake the ordination process of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination. I even went so far as to post an online petition to attempt to […]

A Poem for the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

“I Took It as a Sign” Someone sent a band to my house,And it started playingAt five in the morning. I took this as a signGod wanted me to sing! Then the moon joined inAnd a few of the tenor-voiced […]

Charting the “Nones”

posted by Tony Jones

Over at Internet Monk, Michael Bell has run the latest Pew data through his Batcomputer, and it spit out a very cool graph, showing where people switch when they switch. Money quote from Michael’s analysis: Evangelicals are at best currently […]

Let’s Ordain Adam

posted by Tony Jones

My friend, Adam Walker-Cleaveland, has once again been thwarted in his attempt to be ordained as a “minister of word and sacrament” in the Presbyterian Church (USA). First it was because his presbytery in Idaho objected that he asked his […]

Christianity21 Blogger & Networker Deal

posted by Tony Jones

At JoPa Productions we know how important leader networks and informal blog communities are for those working on new and emerging ways of Christianity. And, we know how important face-to-face meetings are in the development of these communities. So, we […]

How Would You Introduce Phyllis Tickle?

posted by Tony Jones

That’s the question that I tweeted yesterday. And then last night, before her talk, I introduced her by reading the tweets that came in. A couple people have asked me to post them, so here they are: As much as […]

Open Thread: How Much of the Blog to Syndicate?

posted by Tony Jones

If you are reading this in an RSS reader, please click on the post. See what I had to do there? Because if you, like me, read all of your blogs in an RSS reader, then you only see the […]

Happily Religious in Fly-Over Country

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve long admired Stanley Fish, and I’ve written about my reliance on his fantastic book of essays, Is There a Text in this Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities. Fish is a leading postmodern literary critic and occasional commentator on […]

Who Cut Off Van Gogh’s Ear?

posted by Tony Jones

Apparently, Paul Gauguin, in a dispute over a prostitute.

Why It Matters that Jesus REALLY Rose

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, I spent time with some new friends in Canada. Most of them were church leaders in the United Church of Canada, the result of a denominational merger in 1925. The United Church is unabashedly liberal in its social […]

New RSS Feed…Again!

posted by Tony Jones

For some reason, and unbeknowst to me, the “Subscribe” box vanished from this blog a few weeks ago.  I asked the Bnet editors to put it back, which they did. And now I’ve discovered, thanks to some friendly tweeters, that […]

Whence Religion Coverage in the News?

posted by Tony Jones

The Dallas Morning News pioneered the Sunday “Religion” section in daily newspapers, launching it in 1994. They were quickly emulated by newspapers around the country, including my hometown newspaper, the StarTribune, which established a more politically-correct sounding “Faith and Values” […]

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Social Media for Pastors
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Ending Christian Euphemisms: "Fundamentalist"
I've taken some heat in the comment section for using yesterday's post on "unbiblical" and a "higher view of scripture" as a thin foil for my own disregard of biblical standards. To the contrary, I was pointing to the use of the word unbiblical ...

posted 10:15:41am Oct. 21, 2009 | read full post »

Why You Should Get GENERATE
Last week at Christianity21, GENERATE Magazine debuted. With the tag line, "an artifact of the emergence conversation," it fit perfectly at the gathering. When I actually got around to reading it last weekend, I was truly surprised at how good ...

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